Whether you are recovering from an injury or want to train your whole body more efficiently for optimum health, fitness and performance, Pilates can help you attain your goals.
Having worked as a Physiotherapist for over 20 years, I bring my skills in analysing movement, my knowledge of pathology and exercise prescription to choose Pilates exercises for my clients. I have found Pilates classes to be an excellent form of exercise for men and women of all ages, independent of fitness level.
My findings from a study of clients with low back pain, doing Pilates classes for the first time, showed a 67% improvement of back function after ten weeks. Pilates can also help following Orthopaedic surgery, improve standing balance and flexibility and help ladies to tone up after childbirth.
As so much attention is placed on the correct body position, improved posture is a given benefit - a real help in today’s reliance on smart phones and tablets! Pilates develops mental focus to switch on the correct muscles and breathe - which not only improves strength and body balance but also helps with relaxation.
Matwork is essentially exercises performed on the ‘mat’ based on Joseph Pilates original repertoire. The Pilates method is learnt from the easiest level first and then progressed through to advanced exercises once adequate control of the body is achieved. Various small equipment is used during the classes such as weighted balls, theraband, foam roller and the magic circle. These props help with muscle strengthening, stretching, agility and balance. Standing exercises like squats and lunges are incorporated into the program as they help us train for specific sports and are healthy for our bones.
Pilates not only improves core stability but also works the mind. Concentration and mental focus are used to firstly engage the core and then, secondly, to maintain the alignment and control whilst performing the movements. Mindfully getting 'inside the muscles' can actually help them to strengthen. Practising Pilates regularly can help us get a better body awareness, so we can recognise poor posture, mal-alignment and correct our muscle imbalances. This is how doing Pilates can help with recovery from sports injuries, neck or back pain.
Two of the main principles of Pilates are breathing and flow. Flowing movement fully integrates the body, mind and spirit and being aware of the breath can help with stress relief.
The Pilates reformer is a piece of equipment designed by Joseph Pilates himself, dating back to the 1920’s in the original Pilates studio in New York. It is essentially a bed with a sliding carriage and springs, ropes and pulleys. It can be great way to enhance or progress your matwork, giving excellent feedback to the muscles and joints. One to ones on the reformer can be arranged upon request.
I recommend that every new member to my classes has a one to one first even if they have done Pilates before. Being able to engage the core muscles is a skill which needs individual teaching and lots of practice. I will wear PPE for the 1:1 and maintain social distancing as much as possible.
During the hour, I can determine which areas of the body needs more focus, provide some home exercises to practice and choose which level of class will be most appropriate. A questionnaire is filled out online with your health details and your goals and a physical assessment is done using my Physiotherapy expertise.
This enables my classes to be thoughtfully planned and exercises modified to suit each individual.
Pilates Classes are payable in blocks of six or 12 classes. Each 50/55 minute class is £10.50. Payment for six is £63 and twelve is £115.15. Paying for 12 gives the twelfth class free.
Refunds for missed classes are given in exceptional circumstances only.
Pilates one to ones are £50
Refunds and Cancellations
There are no refunds for missed classes unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you are on holiday you have the opportunity of attending an online class. You can also make up a class you have missed if you are unwell, online or in-person if there is a space.
Online mixed ability Mat Class, currently online
Intermediate / Advanced Mat Class, currently online
From May 20th
Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh
Thursdays 10.15-11.15 am
In-person mixed ability Mat class, beginners welcome, currently online
Plans in place to meet at Hiltingbury Sports from May 20th with time change to 11.30am
Online mixed ability Mat Class, beginners welcome after a few one to ones
Intermediate Mat Class/ Beginners welcome
Please feel free to contact me by phone or email. Or alternatively fill in the form below, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
PHONE NUMBER: +44 7403 224945
Pilates classes are held in Highfield, Portswood, Chandler’s Ford and Empress Road Industrial Estate, Southampton
Physiotherapy and one to one Pilates is at Laura’s home in Bassett, Southampton. Address given when making an appointment.